View Full Version : head stock and tail stock chucks

10-17-2004, 06:27 PM
Does any know where I can find simple plans or drawings for a 3 or 4 jaw head stock as well as tail stock? I would perfer free plans if possible.(I know....he sure is asking for alot lol).I don't have a metal lathe so I guess it has to be made out of wood or plastic. Guess what I am asking for is something that can be easily made. I want to build a 4th axis for my homemade cnc(the pipe dream) that will hold 1" round wood stock

10-18-2004, 12:38 AM
Chucks are actually pretty cheap. Harbor Freight has many 3 and 4 jaw chucks.

One of my more recent purchases there, is a small 3 jaw self-centering chuck mounted on a MT2, which they sell for their mini lathes. I have it in my manual woodworking lathe right now -- I enjoy making small projects.

Anyway, I believe it can be separated from the mount, and the price is definitely right...I got it on sale for $9.99. Runout is in the neighborhood of .003, on my example. WAY closer than is necessary for most woodworking.

Let me see if I can find a URL for it.

Their other offerings are equally interesting, especially the bare 4 jaw chucks for the woodworking lathes. This one mounts on a 3/4" threaded shaft -- talk about EASY!

Or, if you want to make one yourself, you might try just duplicating the second design...it's not difficult. I think I've seen someone's site, where they did just that.

Since you said it'd just be 1" round stock, you might try a collet. It'd be a 1" diameter hole bored into something, some radial slits to allow it to compress, and a nut around it to compress it onto the workpiece... It'd work just like the collets on your router. Should be simple to make...cheap too.

-- Chuck Knight

10-19-2004, 04:20 PM
hey thanks chuck, but I can't seem to get them here in canada, they won't send a cat. and the 1 800# will not work. I have tried emailing them with no responce back.

10-19-2004, 10:16 PM
They're just generic Chinese imports. Enco, Grizzly, Harbor Freight, Cummins Tools, Homier Mobile Merchants and probably even more that I'm forgetting, all sell the same stuff. I've heard a lot about Canadian Tire...isn't that an inexpensive hardware/tool store up by you?

Let me look around and see if I can find the online site that mentioned a wooden chuck.

-- Chuck Knight